Sophie Ferron

Media Ranch gameshow format optioned in Germany, France and Oz

Media Ranch’s gameshow format Watch! from Survivor producers Dan Munday and John Kirhoffer has been optioned in Germany, France and Australia. Talpa Germany, WeMake in France and NBCUniversal International Studios-owned Matchbox Pictures in Australia have all optioned the format, which was created by Munday and Kirhoffer, who worked together with Survivor creator Mark Burnett. The […]

Media Ranch appoints DR exec to head Scandi office

Montreal-based producer-distributor Media Ranch has appointed DR exec Louise Juel Severin to head up its Scandinavian office.  The exec, who most recently served as formats sales manager for DR, will take on the newly created role of VP of sales and acquisitions for Scandinavia. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, she is to acquire new formats and finished […]

Op-ed: A decade of change for Canada

As this year’s MIPCOM market coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the launch of Canada’s Media Ranch, president Sophie Ferron reflects on dramatic changes within the Canadian market, and predicts what could lie in store for producers.   When we launched Media Ranch 10 years ago, Canada’s TV sector was virtually unrecognisable from the market […]

Media Ranch appoints content head for creative push

Canadian producer-distributor Media Ranch has hired a head of content and storytelling to lead its creative push. The business has appointed Philip Kalin-Hajdu to the role, which will see him develop and write new series and formats, and grow Media Ranch’s slate while seeking new talent. Kalin-Hajdu was previously director of development for Ziad Touma’s […]

Media Ranch buys Salvail assets amid scandal

Canada’s Media Ranch has stepped in to buy the assets of Salvail & Co. as the latter’s founder was hit with multiple sexual misconduct claims. Quebec’s media sector has been rocked by a La Presse story that included claims from eleven women that media star and Salvail & Co. founder Eric Salvail had acted inappropriately over […]

Feel-good programming is needed in our crazy world

Media Ranch president Sophie Ferron explores why feel-good titles from This is Us to Pay it Forward have been big hitters during a tough global political climate. Trump, Kim Jong-un, Brexit, Syria, terrorist attacks, the Las Vegas mass shooting, the Mexico City earthquake and hurricanes Irma and Maria: these are just a few of biggest news […]

Canuck prodco hires Dakota exec for sales

Canadian producer Media Ranch has hired a senior VP, business development and distribution, TBI has learned. Christos Sourligas has been drafted in from Dakota Pictures, where he was VP, distribution. He is a 20-year industry veteran, and has previously worked for FarMore Distribution and Just For Laughs, both in VP, distribution posts. He has written […]

Viewpoint: Canada – the battle continues

At the end of last year I penned an opinion piece for TBI about the drastic changes that were about to be implemented in the Canadian broadcasting industry and offered some thoughts as to the way forward. Five months down the line there is even more to say, both positive and negative, but there are […]